A history of the case study

Sexology, psychoanalysis, literature

By Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi and Alison Lewis

A history of the case study
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  • ISBN: 9780719099434
  • Publish Date: Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9943-4
    • Pages: 248
    • Price: £85.00
    • Published Date: March 2017


    This collection tells the story of the case study genre at a time when it became the genre par excellence for discussing human sexuality across the humanities and life sciences.It is a transcontinental journey from the imperial world of fin-de-siècle Central Europe to the interwar metropolises of Weimar Germany and to the United States of America in the post-war years.

    Foregrounding the figures of case study pioneers, and highlighting their often radical engagements with the genre, the book scrutinises the case writing practices of Sigmund Freud and his predecessor sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing; writers including Leopold von Sacher-Masoch and Alfred Döblin; Weimar intellectuals such as Erich Wulffen and psychoanalyst Viola Bernard. The results are important new insights into the continuing legacy of such writers and into the agency increasingly claimed by the readerships that emerged with the development of modernity.


    'A valuable introduction to some lesser-known writers and doctors, and offers tantalising glimpses into national differences within those disciplines that use the case study, and within their historiographies. It is also a useful entry point for those interested in histories of sexology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis or criminology, but unfamiliar with the rich literary world that has surrounded and helped to shape these fields.'
    Janet Weston, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Social History of Medicine, vol 33, no 3, August 2018


    Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi and Alison Lewis
    1 The shifting case of masochism: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's
    Venus im Pelz (1870)
    Birgit Lang
    2 Fin-de-siècle investigations of the 'creative genius' in psychiatry and psychoanalysis
    Birgit Lang
    3 'Writing back': literary satire and Oskar Panizza's Psichopatia criminalis (1898)
    Birgit Lang
    4 Erich Wulffen and the case of the criminal
    Birgit Lang
    5 Alfred Döblin's literary cases about women and crime in Weimar Germany
    Alison Lewis
    6 Viola Bernard and the case study of race in post-war America
    Joy Damousi
    Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi and Alison Lewis
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    Birgit Lang is Associate Professor of German at The University of Melbourne

    Joy Damousi is ARC Kathleen Fitzpatrick Laureate Fellow and Professor of History at The University of Melbourne

    Alison Lewis is Professor of German at The University of Melbourne

    A history of the case study

    By Birgit Lang, Joy Damousi, Alison Lewis

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